THE final of three businesses targeted by burglars who got in through the roof of the Waterford Shopping Centre and caused extensive interior damage, has re-opened today.
Sometime between 1am and 2am on Friday morning, June 28, burglars broke in through the roof of the shopping centre in Lisduggan and gained entry to three units including Kiely’s Butchers, Kavanagh’s newsagents and Travel Creation.
Kiely’s Butchers has re-opened after extensive damage was caused to their unit.
The culprits “cut through the roof” and sections of the suspended ceiling collapsed. The long running business is awaiting assessors to come to determine the full cost of the damage, a member of staff confirmed.
Both the family run newsagents and the travel agents re-opened shortly after the break-in. An employee of Kavanagh’s was met with the sight of debris from the ceiling, including concrete, rubber and fibreglass on the floor when she came to work at the newsagents that morning.
Cigarettes and a sum of cash from the till were stolen from the premises. Contents of a bin were emptied on the floor and the black plastic bag inlay was used to remove stock from the shop. The culprits apparently made their escape back up through the hole in the ceiling.
“There is security in the mall of the shopping centre. They obviously knew that,” a worker said, adding that there was a sense of shock among shoppers that morning. “It was an awful thing to happen to people who are trying to run businesses. Everyone was talking about it,” she said.
Councillor John Hearne said on social media that the culprits’ actions “destroyed the livelihoods of over a dozen families”.
He estimated that it would cost thousands to repair the damage, adding that no one heard any disturbance despite the fact that many would have been leaving the pubs around then on their way home.
Anyone with information should contact Waterford Garda Station on 051 305300.